Uche Onyeagocha, a candidate for the Imo East Senate seat in the 2023 elections on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party, has pledged to pass legislation that will end the federal government's exclusive right to appoint INEC's chairman and other officials.
Onyeagocha, who argued that it was improper for the FG to appoint INEC officials, emphasized that INEC, as the electoral umpire, is no longer impartial and insisted that all parties in the federation should be represented in the organization.
The PDP candidate for the Owerri zone added that his representation will continue to work on the restructuring issue because, in his opinion, it has not gotten enough attention when he delivered his manifesto in Owerri on Thursday.
In his words, “without doubt, Imo East has been through a wilderness experience." Our reputation as a people has been sullied due to average representation.
“This has denied us access and opportunities to international organizations." The zone has men and women who can give her better than average representation in the senate.
“I shall pursue an amendment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to extend free and compulsory education rights to all Nigerian students from junior to secondary school level.
“I shall lend support to the United Nation’s recommendations for developing nations to set aside 30% of Nigeria’s annual national budget for education."
“I pledge to aggressively pursue an optional student loan scheme for tertiary institute students to cater to the less privileged class in our society."
“I shall lobby to ensure that the Owerri zone, which was excluded in the federal government's railway mapping, is recaptured."
“If I’m voted into office, I shall pursue the upgrading of Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport to a full-fledged international airport.
“And for the people living with disabilities, I shall pursue the enactment of legislation for the payment of disability allowance to them.
You all know me as a grassroot politician. I know every single community in the Owerri zone. I will give you a quality representation. All I ask for is your support and commitment to our party, the PDP.
I urge you to continue to advocate the goodwill I have presented to you today. We believe so much that victory will be ours at the end of the day. "
The state party chairman, Charles Ugwu, in his remarks, said Onyeagocha has set the pace and called on Owerri zone people to support him.
In the same vein, the chairman of the Campaign Committee on the Public Presentation, Sir Bon Unachukwu, solicited support for his candidature.
He said that his manifesto would be used to score his performance in the senate, urging the people to vote massively for him.